An abusive stepfather gets his comeuppance when his stepsons turn on him resulting in a grisly murder.
"Joshua and Jerome Ellis guilty of stepfather killing", BBC News, Feb 26, 2014.
"Kids Who Kill: Responsible Child inspired by the true story of two young brothers who stabbed their stepfather", Graeme Culliford for The Sun, Dec 17, 2019.
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A child, unwanted from birth and neglected by her birth parents, is hopeful that her new stepmother will love her like a daughter. It is not to be and her story will become a cautionary tale in the U.K. of how the child protective system spectacularly failed Lauren Wright.
"Tragic tale of a child unwanted from the day of her birth" by Terri Judd for The Independent, Oct 2, 2001.
"A Life of Abuse and Neglect" by Paul Kelso for The Guardian, Oct 1, 2001.
A series of articles in BBC News - "Doctor examine girl before death", Sept 5, 2001; "Stepmother 'loved Lauren'", Sept 20, 'Mum punched Lauren' says son", Sept 25; "Lauren inquiry demanded", "A lifetime of abuse" - all Oct 1, 2001.
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In our new series, “StepMonsters,” I’ll share stories of bad stepparents whose actions became true crime news. In this first episode I'll share the story of a young boy who went missing and was found in a very unlikely place. Was he the victim of abuse as he would claim and, if so, who was the person most responsible - his stepmother, his own father or both?
"Charlie Bothuell V, Boy Found in Basement, Says His Home was a 'Terrible Place'", by Tara Fowler for People Magazine, April 29, 2015.
"Dad of Boy Found in Basement Wants Trial" by Holly Fournier for The Detroit News, January 5, 2016.
Audio Clip: "Nancy Grace tells dad missing son found alive", retrieved from HLN on YouTube, https://youtu.be/TAQTR6_FTyI
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